Lesson 2: Musical motifs

Children learn what a motif is and how to identify one, before playing and incorporating them into the Road Building Song

Learning Objectives

  • Explaining what a motif is

  • Hearing and recognising a motif in a piece of music

  • Playing a motif on a tuned instrument

Teacher Video: Musical motifs


Roman motifs PowerPoint
Roman motifs extension sheet
Road Building Song lyrics
Road Building Song sheet Music
The Road Building Song backing track
The Road Building Song performance track (vocal)
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